Dr. John Arbuthnot

1667 - 1735

A Quote by Dr. John Arbuthnot on darkness, force, imagination, knowledge, observation, and rules

The Reader may here observe the Force of Numbers, which can be successfully applied, even to those things, which one would imagine are subject to no Rules. There are very few things which we know, which are not capable of being reduc'd to a Mathematical Reasoning; and when they cannot it's a sign our knowledge of them is very small and confus'd; and when a Mathematical Reasoning can be had it's as great a folly to make use of any other, as to grope for a thing in the dark, when you have a Candle standing by you.

Dr. John Arbuthnot (1667 - 1735)

Source: Of the Laws of Chance. (1692)

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A Quote by Dr. John Arbuthnot on death, lies, and politics

All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.

Dr. John Arbuthnot (1667 - 1735)

Source: quoted in Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations, 1922

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A Quote by Dr. John Arbuthnot on lies

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He warns the heads of parties against believing their own lies.

Dr. John Arbuthnot (1667 - 1735)

Source: The Art of Political Lying

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A Quote by Dr. John Arbuthnot on history, people, and words

Hocus was an old cunning attorney. The words of consecration, "Hoc est corpus," were travestied into a nickname for jugglery, as "Hocus-pocus." - John Richard Green, A Short History of the English People, 1874. see Charles Macklin.

Dr. John Arbuthnot (1667 - 1735)

Source: History of John Bull, 1712

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